yoga teacher training class childs poseWhat Is Yoga

‘By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that wasn’t there before.’  

A friend gave me this sticker with these words, years ago, and I thought it was a nice thing to  say. 

Cleaned

Last week in Vancouver when I cleaned out a drawer, I came across the sticker again and tacked it on the  fridge because now I read this sentence and am filled with much gratitude

I am overwhelmed,  yoga is starting to change my life viewpoints, and I am beginning to believe those 14 words on  that sticker.  

To answer the questions ‘What is Yoga and What Does It Mean to Me Right Now’, I do not know  where to start. 

An online source suggests that yoga is “More than a physical workout, yoga is a full mind and  body exercise.”1  

Would Say

I would also say that yoga is all things to everyone, and yet, it’s not any one thing to  everyone.  

How can this statement make sense?  

When practiced regularly, yoga provides full-body relief and rejuvenation. The physical poses  and deep breathing have proven to bring repose to our overly stressed bodies and minds. Yoga  brings oneself back to the core.  

Purpose

The purpose of taking a Yoga Teacher Training is not to teach (although I am starting to  reconsider this). 

I am profoundly deaf and cannot hear what is being said in a studio class.  Visually, I work on the moves, and visually I see how we are to hold ourselves with the poses.  

My years of training in martial arts have provided me with some good core basics to pull  together what I am supposed to be doing, but I am not hearing or learning why we are doing  certain poses and the benefits of those poses.  

Missing

I am taking  a yoga teacher training to understand what I am missing in class and to make  sure I am not causing injury by doing the poses wrong.  

I have been noticing that the more I practice yoga and understand the purpose of the pose,  what we are to do, the mindful connection, and the physical purpose, I am finding the strength to be me without apologizing. 

Yoga is forcing individual timeouts and reconnections. And this is  very intense. I am also gaining strength with my body and proud to be learning hardcore poses  like the Crow and Headstand

So, what is yoga? 

For me, it is an outlet. Not only does my body have an amazing stretch during the practice or my  mind a deeper connection with the breathwork, but the karma yoga (path of unselfish action) is  pushing me to show gratitude and compassion in my life. 

I still have a long way to go to answer this question more fully. 

However, as I start to read  Bhagavad Gita (for example), take online classes (they have subtitles), and really listen to what  the instructors say, I am gaining stronger clarity to the discipline of ‘what is yoga’.